‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. Matthew 5:13-16
You have had the experience, I’m sure, you sit down to dinner and you take that first bite, only to discover that the cook left out the salt. Or perhaps the doctor has ordered you on a salt-free diet. Have you ever tried eating popcorn, French fries or pretzels without salt? They’re kinda bland. Salt is such a little thing, such a common thing, that we take it for granted. But how big it becomes when it isn’t there!
When Jesus was preaching the sermon on the mount, he looked at his disciples and said – “You are the salt of the earth… ”
Salt was a very valuable commodity at the time Jesus walked the earth. In fact, the Greeks called salt ‘Divine” and Roman solders were partially paid in salt. I believe that Jesus was telling us how valuable we are to God, and to the world we live in.
Perhaps you do not see yourself as someone of value. In fact, you may think that you are unworthy, not valuable at all, but with these words, Jesus places a great value on you. So take time today to step back and realize how valuable you are, to let yourself feel the spirit of God moving in your life; to stop, amid all the chaos of everyday life and smell the roses – count your blessings. Because too many times we are so busy with our day to day activities that we forget how valuable we really are.
We use salt to give flavor to every possible kind of food, don’t we? Salt has a definite purpose. Salt gives food flavor; and, if used properly, will make an otherwise bland meal taste great! We are to influence the world in which we live by giving flavor to it. Rather than walking around with sour looks on our faces, we are the ones who should be the first to smile – the first to show joy! We should be the life of the party!
Not only is salt valuable but it was important for survival because it was the only way they had to preserve meat. They didn’t have the refrigeration that we do today, so salt was rubbed into the meat before it was stored because it helped prevent decay. Does this mean that Jesus is telling us that we have the purpose of hindering the process of decay in our society? I believe it does – especially with the people that we deal with everyday.
It’s not always easy to live a life on purpose, to say no to temptation, to do the right thing. We all stumble and fall. We all struggle with temptation – and doing the right can oftentimes be difficult. But God is there for you, you will find an inner strength that you didn’t know existed. You will notice that other followers will come to your rescue and you will be lifted up every time you fall. You will become stronger, more confident and wiser with each right decision you make. You will discover opportunities to help others who are going through what you have overcome. This is part of our purpose; this is what being the salt of the earth is all about; helping & influencing others. Do not step away from the path that God has put you on. Become the salt of the earth and sprinkle the love of God on those who cross your path and on those who come to you seeking to know Jesus.